What is meditation?
Meditation is usually defined as the process by which one focuses their thoughts on one particular aspect of life. In more practical terms, it involved ridding your mind of the worrisome thoughts and judgements and focusing inward.
You may be hearing a lot about mindfulness these days as well. Mindfulness and meditation can go hand in hand. Mindfulness is the state of active, open attention on the present. When you’re mindful, you observe your thoughts and feelings from a distance without judging them as good or bad.
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A positive link to good health
More and more, doctors and scientists are coming to realize the health benefits of meditation, but we still find that meditation gets a bad rap.
- Meditation can retrain your brain to help with self-awareness, compassion, and introspection
- Meditation helps teach you that you are not your thoughts and we don’t have to believe them
- There are many ways to meditate, from the traditional seated form to the more engaging efforts such as tai chi
- Meditation doesn’t have to be done alone, and group meditation can help you learn the basic techniques
Some goes for your meditation practice
A goal often associated with meditation is becoming mentally strong – being able to manage your emotions, thoughts, and behaviors in a way that sets you up for success in life. There are certain characteristics of being mentally strong that can focus a meditative practice:
- Don’t waste time feeling sorry for yourself
- Don’t shy away from change
- Don’t waste energy on things you can’t control
- Don’t worry about pleasing everyone
- Don’t dwell on the past
- Don’t resent the success of others
- Don’t expect immediate results